The Treaty of Lisbon at 10: Fit for Purpose?

Signing in the Jerónimos Monastery of Lisbon, Portugal. Source: Wikimedia Commons / Archiwum Kancelarii Prezydenta RP

1 December 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the EU’s Treaty of Lisbon. None of its predecessors of the last decades has been able to provide such a long-lasting constitutional framework for the EU. But is this anniversary really cause for celebration?

The last decade has left marks on the EU, marks which were induced by crises of the economy, of migration, of democracy, of membership (Brexit), of institutional battles and of Member States’ failures (in securing the Rule of law, in complying with EU economic policies etc.).

In a one-day international and multidisciplinary conference on 6 December 2019 organized by the IOS platform on European Politics and Policies, we will therefore mark the 10 year anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty and assess whether it has been fit for purpose in the past ten years and will continue to be in the future.


09.30 – 10.00


10.00 – 10.15

Opening and welcome; introduction to the topic – Ton van den Brink, Jean Monnet professor of EU Legislative Studies at Utrecht University

10.15 – 10.30

Europe @ Utrecht University prof. Janneke Plantenga (Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance)

10.30 – 11.15

Key note speech – Desmond Dinan,  Jean Monnet Professor at the George Mason School of Public Policy, in Arlington, Virginia. The Future of the Treaty of Lisbon

11.15 – 11.30


11.30 – 13.00

Panel sessions

13.00 -14.00


14.00 – 15.30

Panel sessions

15.30 – 16.00

Tea and coffee break

16.00 – 16.45

Panel session “The Future of the Treaty of Lisbon”

Prof. Alberto Alemanno - EU Citizen Participation in the Union’s Democratic Life

Prof. Ben Crum (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Prof. Linda Senden (Utrecht University)

16.45 – 17.00

Discussion and Conclusions



Institutions for Open Societies

The IOS platform on European Politics and Policies is part of Institutions for Open Societies (IOS), one of the four interdisciplinary research areas of Utrecht University. IOS research focuses on the development and growth of healthy open societies everywhere.

Start date and time
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Utrecht University School of Governance, Bijlhouwerstraat 6, 3511 ZC Utrecht, Room 0.24
Entrance fee
Free of charge

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Alexandros Gioumouxouzis